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Rio Rico High School AP and Cambridge Students Honored for Academic Achievements


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  • Santa Cruz Valley Unified School District

Grand Canyon Diploma

Thirty-five students from Rio Rico High School were recently recognized for their outstanding academic achievement in the Cambridge International Examinations program, the Advanced Placement Program or for achieving the status of “Candidates for the Grand Canyon Diploma.”

Thirteen students received prestigious awards from Cambridge International Examinations to acknowledge their outstanding performance in the May 2018 Cambridge examination series, an exam given to students in over 40 countries around the world.

Two students received the highest scores in the country, scoring above all other U.S. students taking the exam. Junior student Matthew Gray received the highest award based on results from the chemistry exam.  This is the second consecutive year for Gray.  In 2017, he received “Top in Country” for biology. Abigail Espinoza-Cervantes, junior, also received the “Top in Country” award this year for Literature.

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Abigail Espinoza-Cervantes, “Top in Country” award winner for Literature

Students take exams in three or four subject areas and are awarded a grade from “A” through “G” based on their performance on each exam.

The “Cambridge Scholar Award with Distinction” is awarded to students that earn an “A” on three or more of their exams. RRHS juniors Natalie Brett, Matthew Gray and Eric Monge earned this award.

The “Cambridge Scholar Award with Merit,” is awarded to students that earn at least a B on three or more of their exams.  RRHS juniors Daniel Andrews., Jose Chacon Quintero, Abigail Espinoza-Cervantes, Hector Leon, Jizell Quijada, Laura Robles, along with sophomores Samantha Beemer and Paulina Soto earned this award.

Seven RRHS seniors received the highest AP Scholar Awards. Kaitlyn Naff, Diego Soto, and Esteban Urena were deemed an AP Scholar with Honors, an award granted to students who receive an average score of at least 3.25 on all AP exams taken, and scores of 3 or higher on four or more of these exams. Alan Camarillo, Jeanette Chavez Save, Alejandra Guzman, and Samantha Schadler were deemed AP Scholars, the award granted to students who receive scores of 3 or higher on three or more AP Exams.

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AP Scholars with Honors, from left, Kaitlyn Naff, Diego Soto and Esteban Urena

Fifteen juniors were recognized as “Candidates for the Grand Canyon Diploma.” These students received qualifying marks on their Cambridge exams, allowing them to receive this diploma after they successfully complete an Economics course. The Grand Canyon High School Diploma is a valid, recognized high school diploma available to Arizona students who demonstrate college and career readiness in all core subject areas before they leave high school. The recipients of this award were Cylesce Aguilera, Jose Chacon Quintero, Anacarolina Espinosa, Abigail Espinoza-Cervantes, Alyssa Gonzalez, Hector Leon, Taylor Lunderville, Eric Monge, Jizelle Quijada, Laura Robles, Yeney Romero, Daniel Andrews, Natalie Brett, Matthew Gray and Tennessee Navarro.

“Your talent, hard work and perseverance have brought you to this point in your educational success. Your teachers and I are proud of all you have accomplished,” said Principal Shelly Vroegh.  “We are also grateful to your family for providing you the necessary support and encouragement all along your way.”